2

I'm a novice home brewer who likes West Coast IPAs and the occasional double IPA. I also started growing hops in my backyard last year and I'd like to put together a beer using all 5 hops. I'd like to see a fully bodied IPA from smell to finish with a 6-8%ABV. Is this a reasonable recipe? I'm particularly interested in advice on the LME, grains and yeast choices, as well as hop order. Thanks.

Ingredients :

  • 6.6 lbs (2.9 kg) of light-colored American liquid malt extract(LME)
  • 0.5 lb Crystal malt (20 °L)
  • 0.5 lb Crystal malt (40L)
  • CTZ whole hops (0.5 oz/14g at 14% alpha acids) (60 min.)
  • Add remaining 3.3 lb of LME at 20 min.
  • 0.5 oz (14 g) Cascade whole hops 5% alpha acids (15 min.)
  • 0.5 oz (14 g) Chinook whole hops 10%alpha acids (5 min.)
  • 1 oz (28 g) Fuggle whole hops 5% alpha acids (0 min.)
  • 1.5 oz (42 g) Centennial whole hops 10% alpha acids (dry)
  • Wyeast 1272 (American Ale II) yeast
3

It looks fine, but I'm not sure you're going to get the desired effect from the diverse hops. I expect that the Fuggle especially will be washed out by the other hop flavors. If you really want to showcase your homegrown hops, consider using just a few of them. The flavors will be more distinct if there's less conflict, C hops are a solid group to work with for IPAs. If you use 3 or 4 of those, you may have more satisfying results.

That said, it looks like it will be a perfectly fine IPA with the recipe you've listed. If your goal is more about making a beer that uses your homegrown hops than it is showing anything in particular about the hops then go for it. There's nothing in here that stands out to me as a bad idea.

Everything else looks good to me. LME is great, but it spoils more quickly than DME. Be sure to get it at a shop that has high turnover. The yeast is a solid choice. You said you're a novice, have you used liquid yeast before? You will have to start it in advance, but that's pretty easy.

  • Philippe, Your answer is much appreciated. I understand completely about drowning out the flavors. This will probably be a one-and-done and then I'll dial back on the number of hops.Thanks for the suggestions on the LME and yeast. I've had good luck with LME so far, but I might try the liquid yeast. – 5HopSteve Apr 5 '17 at 16:12

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.